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Monday, September 30, 2019

Bleg: Great Recession and the Legal Academy

Can anyone point me to studies or articles on the slowdown in legal academic hiring during and just after the Great Recession?

Posted by Howard Wasserman on September 30, 2019 at 07:24 PM in Howard Wasserman, Teaching Law | Permalink


Sarah Lawsky's stats don't show any slowdown during or in the years just after the Great Recession.

The first significant decline came in 2013, i.e., four years after the end of the recession, and the big drop off to current levels came the year after that.

This isn't surprising, given that the great recession probably inflated law school application numbers above what they otherwise would have been. Law school applications didn't begin to decline until 2011, and you would expect legal academic hiring to lag that decline by a couple of years, which is what happened.

Posted by: Committee Member | Oct 1, 2019 7:56:12 AM

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